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When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him. Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong-kha-pa’s classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion of the English-language translation of The Great Treatise, the Dalai Lama gave a historic six-day teaching at Lehigh University to explain the meaning of this classic text and to underscore its importance. It is the longest teaching that he has ever given to Westerners on just one text, and Westerners have never before had the opportunity to receive such a complete teaching that encompasses the totality of the Buddhist path from the Dalai Lama. From Here to Enlightenment makes the teachings from this momentous event available for a wider audience.

©2012 The Dalai Lama Trust (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Unbearable

First of all, I find Ballerini’s sanctimonious, preachy tone unbearable.
And then when in Chapter 4 the author says that a good indication of the reality of rebirth is a little girl he once met in India who coukd remember her past life’s parents who had met her in her current existence and recognised her as her daughter… well my heart sunk. Aren’t tibetan budhist monks specially good at sophisticated logical reasoning etc? The absurdity of it all. I find it confusing, one moment he says something really smart and inspiring and the next the stupidest. Damn it, I thought I had found a good source of solid teachings but I will have to keep on looking

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Flows & is easily followed. Enlightening & inspiring. Very useful on advice for meditation practice too, a valuable reference book.

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I had a really difficult time with this book. I don't know why but this seemed a difficult story to follow and I am not sure I even want to try again. Disappointed

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  • Joseph Schell
  • 17-08-18

An intellectual's guide to Buddhism

As a newcomer to interest in Buddhism, I found this to be extremely engaging and intellectually stimulating. Where most conversations about spiritualism stray far from logic and observation of reality, this book shows how Buddhism uses these core tools to elucidate a beautiful description of life and consciousness, down to the very nature of the universe itself. This book is an excellent way to for the jaded intellectual to find new avenues of thought.

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  • Ernest
  • 10-03-15

Something for beginner to advanced

As a beginner to the study of Buddhism a good portion of this book was over my head. However, I was able to learn new concepts from many parts of this book. It was well worth the time and money.
Excellent performance from the narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-20

Middle path teaching

I am 53 and found Buddhism at 50.

The teaching in this book was perfect for me. I am not a college graduate but still was able to follow the lines of thinking and reasoning with minimal difficulty. I have read several of the Dalai Lama's books and found this to fit in perfectly with my current understanding.

His Holiness's teachings are well explained in this text and the order in which the information is given flows well. I found it to be definitively crucial for me.

The narrator is well spoken and articulate as you might expect. I found his voice very soothing and easy to enjoy.

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  • 15-05-19

Advanced Teaching

Wonderful teaching but not for the beginner. I found the message to be one of great compassion and a goal to reach for.

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  • Navneet Nair
  • 05-01-15

Awesome. Essential. But advanced...

If you have the right basis in Lamrim this is not to be missed. It maybe a bit advanced if you are just getting into Buddhism...

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  • Sam
  • 12-05-15

fortunate to found this book

I feel very fortunate I found this book. Very profound, so this is like the sixth time I hear it and will have to do many times more

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  • P.Thomas
  • 10-05-22

This book lived up to its name

This book gave me a great overview of vital information that I learned in my yoga instructor training.

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  • ian mcmahan
  • 22-09-21

I listen before bed and I kept waking up

to these beautiful wisdom nuggets.The Dalai Lama is, unsurprisingly, an incredible source of grounding and humbling words.

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  • Roderic Rinehart
  • 22-03-21

Great insights from the Dalai Lama

I had previously read and listened to many Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama’s words of wisdom ring true and meaningful in similar ways. I enjoyed the narration of Edoardo Ballerini and he has done many TNH books very well.

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  • AlienAmplifier
  • 29-01-21

es asombroso que este libro este disponible.

gracias, es increíble este libro. sumamente profundo. el Dalai lama hace un trabajo excepcional. que bien tener este libro disponible